Reference: Brett, J. (2012). Mossy. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Brief Annotation: This is the story of Mossy the turtle, who grows a garden on her back and is admired by a male turtle named Scoot. One day she is taken away from her home at Lily Pad Pond to be observed at a museum. She begins to miss Scoot, and he misses her. Eventually the little girl who took Mossy from her home begins to realize that Mossy is not happy. She finds a way to make things right again.
Grade Level: 2
Readers who might like this: Students who are interested in museums, and nature preservation would enjoy this book. Parents or teachers trying to teach the lesson of leaving nature and wild animals where they belong, in nature, would also enjoy this book or find this book helpful. This is a great book for readers of all ages.
Rating/Response: I give this book a 4 out of 4. It is well written, and shows the importance of leaving wild animals in nature. It personifies the turtles, creating a relationship between them that draws them to each other. This allows the reader to feel empathy for Mossy when she is forcefully taken from her home. The illustrations also bring an element to this book that is too sweet to go unrecognized.
Text Dependent Question: What did Flora and Fauna do to solve the problem?
Story Boards; Page 131
Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: step by step. Boston: Pearson.
For this book the students can put the pictures in order to show they understand the plot of the story. First the pictures from the second copy of the book are cut out and attached to cardboard and laminated. The students can then sequence them to retell the story of Mossy. This strategy focuses on comprehension of the story.